2016 - Mike Harris has a big job to do. He is executive director of South Street Headhouse District, which serves South Street, Headhouse Square, Bainbridge, and Fabric Row by complementing basic city services with business development, marketing and events, cleaning and greening, and capital improvements.
When the newly vibrant 4th Street Fabric Row needed a better streetscape and lighting to reach its full potential, Mike turned to the Collaborative to prepare the District to advocate for funding.
“Our budget was tight,” says Mike. “We didn’t have the dollars to hire, especially not knowing if we had city funding for the project… Through our partnership with the Collaborative, we created an awareness of 4th Street’s goals, and we had a plan to shop around.”
“Just starting the project got people thinking. We focused on things that we could do. We didn’t want a study on a shelf.”